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middle east | Apr 11th, 2011

Salman Rushdie: Liberate Iran by Air-Dropping Nintendos and Big Macs.

In a Big Think interview about continuing tensions in the Middle East, Salman Rushdie reminded us that the problem lies mostly within Islam — and not between Islam and the West. Rushdie spoke about a new generation of overwhelmingly young, liberal, and modern individuals — exemplified by Iran’s... Continue Reading →
middle east | Mar 30th, 2011

'The People Have Lost Their Fear.' Salman Rushdie on the Middle East

“This is not a religious revolution,” Salman Rushdie said last month during a speech at Emory University, where he is a  Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. “It’s a secular revolution.” He was referring to the social change sweeping countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, and Bahrain,... Continue Reading →
middle east | Mar 3rd, 2011

Are the Middle East Revolutions Strengthening Iran? Reza Aslan Weighs In

In a short video for the Council on Foreign Relations, Reza Aslan addresses European and American commentators who believe the wave of revolution sweeping the Middle East only serves to strengthen Iran. “If you think of the relationship between the United States and Iran as some sort of Cold... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 28th, 2011

Reza Aslan Talks Libya, Iran, & the Middle East Youth Revolt with Christiane Amanpour

On ABC News This Week, Reza Aslan talked to Christiane Amanpour about the uprisings in Libya, and why the Middle East revolution is definitely a youth revolution. For one thing, the young revolutionaries benefit from — and obsessively use — new technologies that their parents’ generation simply... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 22nd, 2011

"People Seeing Something Better for Themselves." Humanitarian Richard Heinzl on Libya

Just caught up with Dr. Richard Heinzl, the founder of Doctors Without Borders Canada, who has provided care to many of the world’s most vulnerable populations. He’s doing some research for his keynote this Monday, and incorporating recent and relevant news stories into his main talk, as he’s... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 21st, 2011

Reza Aslan to Speak on Revolution (and Literature) in the Middle East

Reza Aslan will discuss the role literature has played in the fight for revolution in the Middle East as part of an esteemed panel, at the 92nd Street Y, that also includes Azar Nafisi and Nathan Englander. The event takes place next Monday, February 28th, 2011. It’s a topic for our times, and... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 16th, 2011

Think Groupon, Not Facebook: Daron Acemoglu on the Role of Social Networks in The Middle East Uprisings

While many people are quick to dub the protests sweeping the Middle East as “The Facebook Revolutions,” Daron Acemoglu thinks that Groupon might serve as a better analogy. In a recent New York Times article, Acemoglu argues that the real power of social networking tools is their ability to... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 10th, 2011

Reza Aslan in The Atlantic: With Mubarak Gone, How Does Egypt's Revolution Affect Iran?

After the dramatic news today that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down following more than two weeks of mass protests, the eyes of the world now shift to their neighbors. Will the revolution in Egypt, which has now proven to be successful, create a domino effect in the region? In no place is the... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 3rd, 2011

Religion Speaker Stephen Prothero on Why Egypt 2011 is not Iran 1979

In his latest article for CNN.com’s Belief Blog, religion speaker Stephen Prothero explains why the political uprising in Egypt is not similar to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, as some have suggested. Stephen lists four reasons: 1) Sunnis are not Shiites 2) El Baradei is not Khomeini 3)... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 1st, 2011

Talking About Cairo: Reza Aslan on the Future of Democracy in the Middle East

The protests in Cairo have added searing urgency to a topic that experts like Reza Aslan have been discussing for years: the future of democracy in the Middle East. Since 2005, Reza has been pushing for change in the region and, in fact, many of his books — including the seminal No god but God —... Continue Reading →